10 traits of smart people

Well, smart in my book anyway.

  1. An innate and constant desire to be smarter – And I don’t mean bookish. I mean people who are always curious and going out to find their own answers. These days with Google and Wikipedia, there IS such a thing as a stupid question.
  2. Don’t take common sense for granted – Thinking is underrated sometimes. I’m regularly surprised by the number of folks who don’t bother to take their grey cells out for a brisk walk around the park every now and then.
  3. Understand the value of open-mindedness and personal experience – The more you see, the more you know. And theory (there is so much of it around) only gets you so far.
  4. A DIY mentality – That Ikea-style, roll-up-your-sleeves, get-in-the-trenches-and-make-it-happen characteristic that gets the job done. Smart people don’t sit and wait. They stand and act.
  5. Make every word they say count – There is zero value in fluff. The more you have to talk to pad what you’re saying, the less your words matter.
  6. Brave enough to say no – While I don’t believe in being argumentative for the sake of it, I don’t see much value in being a full-time yes-(wo)man either. I might as well be a robot.
  7. Good listeners – You’re not going to learn anything or be able to solve a problem if the only sound you hear is your own voice.
  8. Good observers – People-watching is Psych 101. Human behavior is so colorful, it’s amazing how much one can learn from quietly studying the way others act and interact.
  9. Methodical – Not pedantic or chained to process but able to lay things out step by step. Sure, really smart people skip a few steps here and there, but they know what they want to achieve at the end and have a mental map of how to get there.
  10. Humility – Smart people recognize that there are smarter people to learn from and don’t constantly seek affirmation from a soapbox.
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2 responses to “10 traits of smart people

  1. Nice list, partner. Might wanna add “Funky Hair” in the mix too.

    And hey, you’re every bit you’ve written and I’m not brown nosing. Christmas’ too far away.

  2. *clutches heart* honored.

    And cheers to funky hair. I give up on this trying-to-grow-it-out crap. It’s getting cut THIS WEEKEND.

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